Monday, June 30, 2014

Jesus Loves Even Me

I am so glad that my Father in heav'n, 
Tells of His love in the Book He has giv'n; 
Wonderful things in the Bible I see-
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me. 

Tho' I forget Him and wander away, still Jesus loves me where ever I stray:
Back to His dear loving arms would I flee, 
When I remember that Jesus loves me. 

I am so glad that Jesus loves me, 
Jesus loves me, 
Jesus loves me; 
I am so glad that Jesus loves me, 
Jesus loves even me.

Bible Verse of the week:
Romans 8:32-39
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

I love the song "Jesus Loves Even Me" because it tells us that Jesus loves us so much, even when we wander far away from Him. Then he comes and brings us back to Him, just like a Good Shepherd. I love this verse in Romans, because it to states that, nothing in this whole world, can ever separate us from Christ's love. Praise the Lord for that wonderful promise!! And think about this: God loves imperfect people so much, that He sent His perfect Son to the earth, to die for the sins of the whole world. ( John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. )  That is true love, people. He even loved the people that nailed Him to the cross, and beat a crown of thorns into His head. Another verse just came into my head: 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

I am going to leave you with one more verse. 
1 John 4:11  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 

Have a godly week as you think and meditate on these wonderful verses and how much God loves you.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Love of God

                     The love of God is greater far, Than tongue or pen can ever tell;

                     It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell;

             The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win;

                        His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin.

When years of time shall pass away, And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall;
   When men who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call;

             God's love, so sure, shall still endure, All measureless and strong;

                 Redeeming grace to Adam's race- The saint's and angel's song. 

    Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made;

           Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade;

                     To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry;

         Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Tho' stretched from sky to sky.

             O love of God, how rich and pure!! How measureless and strong!!.

                      It shall forever more endure, The saint's and angel's song. 

You know, as I was thinking about this song and how much God loves us, I thought of an excerpt taken from a letter that Dwight L. Moody wrote to the church in Chicago. Here it is.

The Greatest of These 
"My heart goes out to you, and I long to see you all coming constantly to God for a fresh supply of love. I found a verse in 1 Peter 4:8, today. I never saw it before: "Above all things put on love." Think much of that one expression. Put it at the head of the list. Faith is good, but this is above it. Truth is good: it is a beautiful sight to see the church of God study the Word, but what are we if we do not have love? May the dear church get such a flood of love from on high that it will fill all our hearts. The last night Jesus was on earth, before they crucified Him, He said to His disciples: "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." Let us think on these solemn words, and may the love of Christ draw us all together so we will be as one man."        - Dwight L. Moody

And then I thought of this verse:  Ephesians 5:2 "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour."
It just amazes me to think of how much God loves us-to die on the cross so we don't have to perish forever. And when I think of all Christ has done for us, it just makes me want to love Him more.

Here is another quote that I heard. I'm not sure who said it, but it's really neat. "Once you get a taste of God's love, you can never get enough of it." 
 1 John 4:10 "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

 Have a godly weekend everyone and meditate on these amazing verses. :)


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Are you a soldier in the army of the Lord?

                Am I a soldier of the cross, A follow'r of the Lamb?

             And shall I fear to own His cause, Or blush to speak His name? 

                  Must I be carried to the skies On flow'ry beds of ease,
       While others fought to win the prize, And sailed thro' bloody seas?

           Are there no foes for me to face? Must I not stem the flood? 

                 Is this vile world a friend to grace, To help me on to God?

           Sure I must fight, if I would reign; Increase my courage, Lord; 

              I'll bear the toil, endure the pain, Supported by Thy word.



Bible verse of the week:
 Romans 8: 10-18
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.


 Have a fantastic week everyone and serve the Saviour. :)


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Pictures from this week.

Hello everybody!!! Here are some pictures from our busy week.
This is a family of crabs. There was a dad, mom, two little babies, and another one that was hanging out with them.

Yesterday, we went to a botany class at the library.
We got to look at different things under microscopes. Learning about plants was very enjoyable!!

The teacher had placed celery in water that was mixed with food-coloring. The celery was green, yellow, orange and red. I thought that was pretty neat.

This is a picture of flower pollen under the microscope.

This is a root of a bean plant under the microscope.

This is another root under the microscope. :)

We dissected this seed, and this is what was inside of it. Pretty cool!!!!

This flower was half red and half white. The teacher had split the stem, and placed one in red-dyed water and the other half in clear water.

This is what the stem looked like.          
This flower is half blue and half white.

This flower is orange and yellow. :)

This was a beautiful flower that smelled delicious!!

And this is our cute little patriotic pooch!!!!

That's all the pictures for right now.

Creation Corner. 
Today's Creation Moment: Were you once a fish?

Romans 1:25 
“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

In 1866, a German scientist and strong supporter of Darwin, Ernst Haeckel, got into trouble for faking evidence. He supposedly showed that developing embryos go through the earlier evolutionary stages of their species. The scientific community investigated his so called discovery and found that he had faked his drawings. Unfortunately, some textbooks today – well over a century later – still present this faked evidence in support of evolution.
Genuine gill slits on a grey reef sharkAs a result, many people today still believe this false scientific theory. One of the most widely used “evidences” used to support this idea today is the claim that the developing human fetus has “gill slits” at one point in its development. In fact, a United States ambassador used this argument in support of abortion in an issue of National Review.
The truth is, the developing fetus has folds of skin around its neck that contain the developing organs found in the neck. These folds have nothing in common with gills. While no scientist today accepts this theory – and it is even refuted in most encyclopedias – it can still be found in textbooks used by high school students! Why? It would seem that few scientists have the courage to challenge this idea they know is wrong because it might make them appear to oppose evolution! But even worse is that this anti scientific idea continues to be used as a “scientific” justification for abortion.
Yes, it’s true. The wrong view on origins can result in some disastrous “science” as well as human suffering!

Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cave Mysteries

Creation Corner. 
Today's Creation Moment: Cave Mysteries!!

Samuel 22:31
“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”

Have you ever been in a cave? If you have, perhaps someone has told you that the rock formations hanging from the ceiling – called stalactites – are thousands or even tens of thousands of years old. Scientists tell us that stalactites take 100 years, on the average, to grow one inch. But just how accurate is this figure?
stalactitesStalactites grow where water seeps through limestone rock, dissolving limestone in the process. When this water, containing dissolved limestone, emerges from the roof of a cave, it hangs for a moment. In a current of air, some of it evaporates, causing the limestone to deposit. Finally, the remaining water drops to the floor of the cave and continues to evaporate and deposit. The deposit on the floor is called a stalagmite.
A concrete railroad bridge in Wooster, Ohio had a stalactite growing under it that was over 12 inches long! Had the railroad bridge been standing for more than 1,200 years? Obviously not – in fact, the bridge had been cleaned of stalactites only 12 years before! Nor is this situation unusual. More than 300 stalactites were counted growing under bridges in just this one city, and stalactites are not hard to find under concrete bridges in most cities.
I will post more pictures of what's been happening, tomorrow. It's crab season now...and the rainy season has started as well. :)
Love, Ashley 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!!

Proverbs 15:33 
"The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility."

To all the Dads:  
 For breakfast, my sister made our daddy apple pancakes in the shape of a hammer, screw driver, and pliers. Here's a picture.

Bible Verse of the Week: 
Hebrews 12:1-3
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the sham, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 

Have a great week everyone and walk with the Saviour. :)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

More pictures of plants.

This is the new seed that sprouted. I guess it sprouted yesterday, because it doesn't get this big in 1 day. I am really excited about watching these plants grow!!!

This is what all the plants look like. I can't believe how fast they're growing!! 

I just realized how beautiful these flowers are, yesterday. They are on the poinciana tree, and I think it likes full sun. Our tree has alot of shade, but it does have quite a few flowers. We see trees that are in full sun the whole day, and the tree is covered in these gorgeous flowers. 

Creation Corner.
Today's Creation Moment:  The Eye's Computer.

Matthew 6:22-23a
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.”

Computer scientists, in trying to build a machine that sees like we do, have been studying how the eye works the miracle of vision. What they are discovering provides more scientific evidence that evolution is nothing more than a modern fairy tale for adults.
Visual cortexComputer scientists have learned that before one single image is ever sent to your brain, each cell of your retina must perform a huge number of calculations. Each second every cell of your retina performs 10 billion calculations! And you thought you couldn’t do math!
What’s more, these are not simple calculations. Dr. Joseph Calkins, professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, estimates that the fastest computer in the world would require many hundreds of hours to do what the cells in your retina do each second! It is easy to understand why a scientist who studies eyesight cannot accept the idea that the eye simply evolved.
The eye is witness to more than the fact of the Creator. The clear vision of His involvement with humanity begins when Jesus Christ gives us clear spiritual sight in cleansing us from our sins. Just as many people must wear glasses to see clearly, because of our sin, we cannot clearly see our Creator who seeks us. Yet He is not far away, and He desires more than anything else that we come to Him in the Name of Jesus Christ. In Christ you will see miracles greater than vision!
Have a great weekend. By the way, Happy Flag Day!!  

Friday, June 13, 2014

Garden update

The sprouts have opened more this morning. 

I took some pictures of the food plants that are in my garden, yesterday.

These are carrot plants.

This is how big the carrot is. I can't wait to eat it!!

This is my celery plant. It's not doing the best, but at least it's not dead. :) I think it's because of this heat.

These are 2 of my 3 lettuce plants. These two are going to seed. You can tell because they are getting tall. I am going to let only one go to seed.

Creation Corner.
Today's Creation Corner: The Sun, Moon, and Stars

 Psalm 8:3-4
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

What is the most awesome show of God’s power? It may not be what you think.
Extreme Deep Field photo taken by the Hubble space telescope. Each speck is a galaxy.In Psalm 8:3 4, the psalmist is led to exclaim, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and stars which you have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him…?” If the night sky is a glory we can only stare at in awe, our telescopes and space probes have shown us that we can see very little of its true glory.
Consider our sun. Less than 0.10 percent of all the sun’s energy falls on the Earth. Yet if just that small fraction of power could be harnessed, we would never have any energy shortage. But we have learned that our sun is only an average sized star in our galaxy of over 1 billion stars! We have no way to even measure that kind of energy! Even more awesome is that our galaxy is only one of more than a million galaxies! What is a billion times immeasurable energy? And God made and energized it all in just one day!
As hard as all of this is to understand, what is even harder for us to comprehend about God’s working is that all of this was created through the power of God’s Word – that same Word that became flesh and dwelt among us! Truly, His love for us is beyond our comprehension!

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Have a great day!
Love, Ashley